Find out how we can lead you right through your journey to becoming an adopting parent.
WHY ST ANDREW’S CHILDREN’S SOCIETY?
- You will receive a warm and speedy response to your initial enquiry.
- You will have experienced social workers supporting and guiding you all the way through the process of adopting your child.
- We will help you to find the right child for you, not just from the local area, but searching throughout the UK. The average age of children placed with our adopters over the past 5 years is 2 years 7 months. Your chances of adopting a baby are increased by participating in our Concurrent Care scheme.
- You will receive the support you need to be the best adopter you can be for your child. This support is available to you throughout childhood and beyond, for as long as you need it. This reflects what we know about the lifetime nature of adoption for children and their families.
- We offer the services of our legal advisor to help with the legal process of adoption, minimising the legal costs for you.
- The average timescale for your home study is only 6 months.
Concurrent carers need to be prepared to have a baby or very young children placed with them initially on a fostering basis, while a concentrated effort is made to assess whether the child can be cared for by their birth parents. This involves a high level of contact with the birth family. Should the time limited assessment show that the child cannot be cared for by the birth family, the child will be adopted by their concurrent carers. This means that the child experiences very little disruption to their care in the early days of their life.
This may not suit most people who want to consider fostering but if you think you could ultimately make the commitment to adopt a child in your care if that is what is needed then we are happy to talk further to you about this option.
If this interests you, please mention this on your enquiry form and, when a social worker visits you, they can tell you more.
At present, potential concurrent carers should live within easy reach of West Lothian.
- Couples and single people aged 21 and over.
- It is unlikely that applicants under 25 will have the necessary life experience and skills to parent children from neglectful and abusive backgrounds.
- We do not have an upper age limit but it must be clearly demonstrated that the applicant has the space, energy and good health to meet the needs of children.
- It is likely that older applicants will be considered primarily for older children.
- Adopters from all racial and cultural backgrounds.
- Adopters from all religions.
- Those who have no religious affiliation.
- Couples and single people who are childless.
- Couples and single people who have birth children.
- Males and females who are married or living together in a committed and enduring relationship.
- ‘Same sex couples who are married or living together in a committed and enduring relationship.
- Single males and single females.
We expect couples to have been in a relationship for a minimum of 3 years.
- Children under 5 years of age will only be placed in non-smoking households.
- Some Local Authorities do not place children of any age in smoking households.
- To be considered as non-smoker an applicant has to not have smoked for at least 12 months.
THE ADOPTION PROCESSThe adoption process has several stages spanning many months. We’ll be with you right along the way.
- What are the needs of an adopted child?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses as a prospective adoptive parent?
- Can you make the sort of commitment that will really make a difference to a child’s life?
A CONVERSATION ABOUT ADOPTION
In this series of videos you can hear from Robert who has gone through the adoption process with St Andrew’s Children’s Society. Robert made this recording in 2014. He is now a fully qualified social worker in Glasgow and still very much a part of his adopted family.
Advice to prospective adopters
Robert, adopted at the age of 8, gives his initial thoughts about his experience.
Robert continues his conversation about how he fitted in with his new adoptive family, following his earlier experiences in foster care.
The Adoption Process
The positive experience of adoption when Robert was adopted and how his St Andrew’s Children’s Society social worker helped him throughout the process.
Robert talks honestly about his teenage and school years. His behaviour and coming to terms with being adopted. How his mum and dad helped to smooth the process through difficult times, with love and understanding.
TAKE THE FIRST STEPS
Have you looked at the Assessment Criteria? If you seem suitable to become an adopter, then you can contact us in a number of ways:
- Within 60 miles of Edinburgh call 0131 454 3370
- Within 60 miles of Aberdeen call 01224 878158
- Within 60 miles of Elgin call 01224 878158
- Email our Duty Desk firstname.lastname@example.org
- Complete the Initial Enquiry Form
If you live further away, give either office a call and we can put you in touch with agencies nearer to you.
If you are unsure as to whether you meet our Assessment Criteria, contact us anyway to speak with one of our social workers.